During a recent raid of drug joints in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun state, 17 drug suspects were arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency ( NDLEA).
Ibiba Odili, the Commander of Narcotics of the NDLEA made this known in a statement on Thursday.
Also recovered from the suspects on the joint operation which was executed by officers of the 35 Artillery Brigade of Nigeria Army, Alamala Barracks, Abeokuta and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps was a 6.2kg of hard drugs and a pistol.
Obada, Lafenwa, Odo-Eran and Adigbe were the areas in the capital where the joints were raided.
While a 2.5kg of marijuana was seized from two of the suspects, 1.5kg was abandoned but recovered by the NDLEA.
Odili stated that: “The operation uncovered a locally-made pistol along with three cartridges, underscoring the dangerous link between drug trafficking and illicit firearms.
“Also, during the second phase, which resulted in the arrest of one suspect, 63 grams of cannabis sativa was seized while two drug users were apprehended.
“Additionally, a seizure of 1.1kg of abandoned cannabis sativa further disrupted the drug trade in the area.
“In the third and final phase of the operations, two drug users were apprehended while a seizure of 500 grams of abandoned cannabis sativa was recorded.
“The cumulative impact of all three phases revealed a chilling reality: a total of three suspects were apprehended, along with 14 drug users. The combined weight of the confiscated cannabis sativa amounted to a staggering 6.2kg abandoned and seized.”